Making Sense of Fair Use

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Copyright law can be a confusing landscape to navigate for the average media-consumer. It’s an even thornier territory for filmmakers, DJs and producers. Today on the show, we delve into the world of fair use – or, the doctrine that allows limited use of copyrighted material that you don’t own. Joining us to discuss the debate over Beyonce’s controversial new dance video, Girl Talk’s collage-sampling -- and to answer your questions, are Patricia Aufderheide, author of “Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright” and the filmmaker David Van Taylor – who explains how he learned about fair use the hard way.

Clips from Beyonce's music video for the song "Countdown" inter-cut with video from Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker...